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Kansas! magazine food edition features Lawrence favorites, lesser-known outstate eateries

Kansas! magazine's food issue features several favorite Lawrence restaurants and more outstate eateries.

Kansas! magazine's food issue features several favorite Lawrence restaurants and more outstate eateries. by Sara Shepherd

The fall issue of Kansas! magazine, its food edition, features the mag’s 20 favorite restaurants statewide, and four of them are in Lawrence. Locals won’t be in for any surprises here; those four restaurants are the oft-touted 715, Free State Brewing Co., WheatFields and the Burger Stand.

But get a few hours away, and there are plenty more spots the magazine promises are worth a try. I’ve been to a handful, but here’s a few of the ones I hadn’t heard of and would totally stop at on my next road trip: Gella’s Diner & Lb. Brewing Co., a craft brewery and pub in Hays; Pho Hoa One, an authentic Vietnamese spot in Garden City; the Brookville Hotel, serving legendary skillet-fried chicken in Abilene; and Beethoven’s #9, a southern German restaurant in Paola (what?!).

The magazine also has a story on Wichita’s food truck scene — the city has nearly a dozen, enough for a monthly food truck rally — and features on three Kansas natives and restaurant chefs nominated this year for James Beard Foundation honors — Scott Benjamin of 4 Olives Restaurant and Wine Bar in Manhattan, Carl Thorne-Thomsen of Story in Prairie Village and Colby Garrelts of Rye in Leawood.

P.S. Kansas! magazine is sold at bookstores and museum gift shops across the state. For more information or to subscribe, go online to travelks.com/ks-mag. Sunflower Publishing publishes Kansas! magazine and is owned by the World Company, which also owns the Journal-World.

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Flavors from Lawrence featured in newest issue of Saveur magazine

The cover of the August/September 2013 issue of Saveur magazine, featuring stories and recipes from the heartland — including Lawrence.

The cover of the August/September 2013 issue of Saveur magazine, featuring stories and recipes from the heartland — including Lawrence. by Sara Shepherd

Flip past the glistening French apricot-almond tart, the write-up on a London cookbook author’s kitchen re-do and the tasting notes for German kölsch in the newest issue of Saveur magazine, and things start to look closer to home.

Very close.

Page 62: “Salad Social: Lawrence is the potluckiest town in America.”

The piece by Lawrence food writer Kerri Conan is part of the magazine’s anchor feature about food in the heartland, “Bountiful Prairie.” Conan zooms in on the color, freshness and friendliness encountered at a summertime salad potluck at the former home of beat writer William S. Burroughs (a house now occupied by chef Tom King, its resident caretaker). Accompanying photos and recipes from King’s guests include Curried Potato Salad from Lawrence restaurant owner Subarna Bhattachan, Conan’s own Lentil and Beet Salad with Lavender-Mustard Vinaigrette, and Lawrence resident Neal Ballard’s Summer Succotash Salad.

Pictures smattering the Kansas section of the feature also include a colorful bunch of carrots at the Farmers' Market and teenagers smooching in the back of a pickup (page 55). Tonganoxie resident Christina Rafols shares her cooking inspiration and recipe for corn casserole, and chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts of Leawood’s Rye restaurant share several sweet and savory recipes such as the Extra-Crispy Fried Chicken pictured on the cover of the magazine. There are also features and recipes from farther out in the state, plus tales and tastes from Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Saveur’s August/September “Best Comfort Food” special issue hit newsstands yesterday — look for that crispy fried chicken. At least some of the content should be online soon at Saveur.com.

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New breakfast restaurant The Roost now open, just in time for sidewalk sale

Barista Chelsea Rae stamps the restaurant's logo on coffee cups behind a plate of giant marshmallows at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Barista Chelsea Rae stamps the restaurant's logo on coffee cups behind a plate of giant marshmallows at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Talk about just in the nick of time. The Roost at 920 Massachusetts St. had its final city and fire department inspections Wednesday — sidewalk sale eve — and opened for breakfast this morning, owner Manda Jolly said.

The restaurant is serving until 2 p.m. today and starts regular hours Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Today, only the breakfast menu is available, but Jolly said she expects to roll out the lunch menu within days.

The Roost’s artisan cocktail menu got off to a running start. It features five specialty bloody marys and a variety of other libations made with fresh ingredients. “People started ordering off our cocktail menu right after 9 a.m.,” Jolly said. “We were hoping they would.”

The breakfast menu has build-your-own omelets, breakfast “sammys” (sandwiches), “bennys” (eggs benedict) and corned beef hash. The lunch menu features more sammys, salads, soups and mac and cheese four ways — with roasted chicken, pork and beef meatballs, roasted portobello or tomatoes and bacon.

Breakfast menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Breakfast menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Lunch menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Lunch menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

A grab-and-go pastry case includes savory hand pies, biscuits, gluten-free cookies and a to-die-for cherry almond coffee cake (sorry, yours truly took the last piece this morning), so there are options for both breakfast and lunch, Jolly said. There’s also fluffy, hulking, palm-size homemade marshmallows, for snacking or to drop in coffee.

The Roost is located in the spot formerly occupied by Milton’s. Jolly, who worked at Milton’s 12 years, co-owns The Roost with her husband, Sean Jolly, and Lawrence resident Kenny Pingleton.

The restaurant is named after Jolly’s family farm in Western Kansas, and she said her mission for The Roost fits with the attitudes about hard work and dedication she learned there. Jolly said she hopes to provide a good, fun work environment for her staff as well as clean, quality food for diners. “It’s definitely food I think everyone can relate to,” Jolly said.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St., opened for business the morning of the sidewalk sale.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St., opened for business the morning of the sidewalk sale. by Sara Shepherd

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If Bowie knives could talk: ‘Speed’ takes on Lawrence in new Hulu travel show

Lawrence is hitting Hulu today, as the main focus of the third episode in a new travel series called “Up To Speed.”

With cities like San Francisco and New York also covered in the Hulu original show, why would kooky tour guide/historian/philosopher Timothy “Speed” Levitch stop here?

Well, producers say, our “tumultuous” Civil War history is interesting. Kansas “straddled the line between right and wrong” (pretty sure their description of “wrong” side is referring to Missouri there). In his Kansas episode, Speed — with help from a talking Bowie knife and a fiberglass Jayhawk — highlights heroes, criminals and “monumentally ignored monuments” (ie: Founders Rock at Robinson Park, for one) of Bleeding Kansas.

Plus, Speed now lives in Kansas City, Mo. If you know more about film than the average bear, you may recognize him as the subject of a 1998 documentary called “The Cruise,” which trailed him sharing historical facts and his love for New York City from atop Gray Line double-decker buses, according to imdb.com. You may also know that “Up To Speed” director Richard Linklater also directed “Dazed and Confused,” “The School of Rock” and “Bad News Bears.”

Here's the Kansas episode.

To see what Speed has to say about other cities, visit hulu.com/up-to-speed.

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